The latest attack on pro-Trump “deplorables” occured at a high school near Charlotte, North Carolina where the cheerleading squad posed with a banner that read “Trump 2020: Make America Great Again” for a photo before a football game.
The picture of the cheerleaders with the banner then started circulating on social media – and, their school district wasn’t pleased.
Now, the girls have been put on “probation” for the rest of the season, simply for taking a picture with a pro-Trump banner.
Take a look at news of the school district’s ridiculous decision that is going viral on Twitter:
Here's the photo that got the cheerleaders in trouble:
Local news source The Charlotte Observer had more to say about why the high school cheerleaders have been put on probation:
Cheerleaders at a North Carolina high school were put on probation after a picture of them with a pro-Trump banner during a football game circulated on social media — and some people aren’t happy about it.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association placed the cheerleading squad at North Stanly High School on probation for the remainder of the season, Stanly County Schools announced Monday.
But the NCHSAA “has not defined the terms of the probation,” and the team is expected to continue cheering, the school district said in a release.
“The focus of Friday night football games should be on our students – the players, cheerleaders, band members – the focus should not be on politics,” officials said. “For this reason, we are hopeful the situation will resolve, and our student athletes can have a successful fall season.”
NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker told McClatchy news group in a statement Monday that probation — which can last up to one year — is not a form of punishment.
“It serves as a notice of behavior or action that is against NCHSAA Handbook Policy or contrary to expectations of sportsmanship and proper behavior,” she said.
The NCHSAA can issue subsequent fines or suspensions if those actions continue, Tucker said.
In a photo posted on Facebook Aug. 30, at least seven North Stanly cheerleaders in uniform are seen posing around a banner reading “Trump 2020: Make America Great Again.” The students appear to be on a high school football field with referees in the background.
North Stanly High School is roughly 40 miles east of Charlotte.
Commenters questioned at the time whether such political messages were allowed during a school-sanctioned event.
“Why in the world would the school board allow this to happen,” one person wrote. “I am sad and very disappointed with NS. This is a High School football game, not a political rally. Shame on them.”
The following day, district officials issued a statement confirming the act was not endorsed by the school or its staff.
A student reportedly brought the banner and the photo was taken before the game started, officials said.
CBS 17 also said:
A high school cheerleading squad in North Carolina is on probation after some cheerleaders posed with a banner supporting President Donald Trump before a football game.
Stanly County Schools Superintendent Jeff James told The Associated Press in an email Monday that the warning was levied by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.